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Keloids, Colors and Rainbows~

05 Mar

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We do all live in a Rainbow World~
Picture credit:  Ray Kurosumi

*** An update***
I owe a huge apology to the students at Harvard for comments written here yesterday.

My mistake was in only reading a caption and then writing this story,
I had not gone to the web site and seen the actual  pictures.
What I found there were the remarks by some students who feel, as I often have,
that they are only being judged by the color of their skin. Yes some of them are brutally honest,
but if that is what it takes to get people to stop and think about ONLY seeing color, so be it.
I stand most definitely corrected!

 

I read an interesting post this morning and felt compelled to comment on it.

It was about some students at Harvard and some not so kind remarks about the color of one’s skin.

I took umbrage to this and my reply was quick and may I add,  just a bit curt.

If you have seen the movie Invictus, you heard the word Rainbow used many times,  it struck a note deep in my heart.

Martin Luther King, Jr. used the word frequently as well, it brought him many followers who believed that his thinking was good for the country.

Anyway, back to the Harvard comments.

Do you, do any of us,  really know every single person that inhabits our DNA?

Do you know who all of your Ancestors are?

Not likely.

I spent my entire life  looking for my father, whom I never met and only saw his face for the first time on this past Christmas Eve. It seems that he was either Scottish or Norwegian.

So now that part of my life is known, but what about the hundreds of others before him?

Let me digress.

When I was in Nursing School many years ago, we spent a week on Dermatology, it was a week that would change my life.

One day, the Instructor decided to comment about a certain skin type of scar, she called it a Keloid.

I had never heard the word before, but was stricken by the sound of it.

She gazed around the room and then frowned, “ Well she said, I cannot show you what a Keloid looks like because we have no African-American students here today.”

Then she put a graphic on the screen of one up close.

Aha~

I raised my hand and said,  “ Excuse me, but is this one? “

I showed her the scar on my arm from an injury a few years earlier.

She looked at me in total disbelief, ” You can’t  have one, you are not Black.”

Quite the contrary, I was a very pale, blue-eyed, blonde.

May I say that in that moment,  you could have heard a pin drop in the Classroom!

I did not have a computer at that time, so had no way of confirming or dismissing her comment and as our precious little free time was severely limited, I never did check up on it until many years later.

This was the first of the new colors to come into my personal Rainbow.

Did I mention that as a child growing up, my grandmother seemed obsessed with constantly telling me that we were PURE Irish?

Now fast forward to the year 1999,  when I left California and became the now 15 year partner of Walkingfox.

We spent years traveling around the country meeting Native people on many Reservations.

It was a life changing experience and the beginning of a new course for me.

He was convinced that I had Native Ancestors, but I refused to believe it, due to the color of my skin.

Then,  late one night,  I called my Aunt and finally asked her if we had any Natives in our family, her reply like that of the instructors rocked my world,  she said , ” Yes we have Shawnee Ancestors, I thought you knew. ”

Well I did not know and later I found out that this Aunt was the ONLY one in our family that my grandmother had shared this information with.

Then  a few weeks later on one of our trips, we were in Ohio and met some wonderful Shawnee people.

One of them came up to and said, ” You are Shawnee.”

I admitted that this had only been recently learned.

She stared at my back,  as I was wearing a strapless sun outfit, and said,  ” The mark on your back is very important to our people.”

I had no idea what she meant,  but assumed she was referring to the quarter sized mole on my left shoulder.

Her next words would take my breath way, ” That is the mark of a Medicine person to us.”

My grandmother was a Nurse, I had been a Nurse, it seemed plausible.

I had spent so many years caring for others, how could I know this may have been predestined?

So, back to the present about why the unkind comment made by an unthinking student at Harvard about the color of skin, hit so hard.

Unless one has had a Genetic test of their DNA, one cannot fully know just who their Ancestors were, can they?

When you look at me, what do you see?

Do you see an African-American person, a Native American person, probably not.

All that you see is my very white skin, blonde hair and blue eyes.

But, that is not the entire picture and now you know.

I am Prussian, Irish, Native American, English, Scottish/Norwegian and African-American.

So to all of you in the world who ONLY see color when you look at people,  shame on you, you have access to excellent reference and education sources everywhere on the planet and this is your level of thinking?

Please, in the future, may we all try to see the Rainbow that exists in each of us~

 

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12 responses to “Keloids, Colors and Rainbows~

  1. sachemspeaks

    March 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Reblogged this on sachemspeaks and commented:
    Another great posting.

     
  2. Karen DeBraal

    March 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    So true. How can we really know all of it? And some of the interesting comments of relatives of yore can make you wonder. My mother’s side is dutch and they have insisted fervently that they are pure dutch and nothing else. a long time ago, when looking at an old picture of great grand uncles, my grandmother commented on the “Negrofied hair of one of them.” Upon talking to other Dutch people from the Netherlands, it seems the names of my family were quite possibly Jewish names changed into a more Christianized Dutch spelling. I doubt anyone in my family on that side would cop to this, but I am not the least surprised. It makes sense to me. And anyways, aren’t we all just human and related by that fact alone? Not like we are different species . . .

     
    • Impower You

      March 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      THankfully the need to shame others on their ancestry is fading. We are the same species from the same race. This human need to seperate everyone is so silly.

       
      • Gator Woman

        March 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Agree with you completely~

         
    • Gator Woman

      March 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Yes, absolutely Karen.
      In my grandmother’s time, it was not safe to admit you were anything but European.
      How very sad that must have been for her and her whole Generation.
      Yet as seen in that story, there are still those lurking in the world today, who only see what they want to and fear anything, or anyone different from themselves.
      We do as a species, still have a way to go~

       
  3. Impower You

    March 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    So glad to have spurred you to share this empowering project. I added this link as an update to my post. I form keloid scars too, as both my parents were mixed.

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Thank you so much.
      Since learning of all of my Rainbow Ancestors, it has become quite difficult to remain silent whenever I hear or see racial insults against any group, because I have so many of them in me!

       
      • Impower You

        March 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Our evolution towards equality starts with understanding and collaboration.

         
  4. Professions for PEACE

    March 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Amazing, wonderful writing… thank you! A very important point that we are not who we look like on the exterior. It’s why in the beginning of my blogging endeavors I attempted to not share any kind of characteristic – hoping to write from the viewpoint of a human being. That’s it. Human. Your amazing post here helps me celebrate that I am a member of the Rainbow Tribe, peoples of all colors who care powerfully and deeply about bringing peace to all and healing to our Mother. Thank you! Blessings. Gina

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Your beautiful words are so very touching and important to all who read them, especially to me.
      Thank you for being here, but most of all, for sharing your heart~

       

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